Not long ago, animation online was a bit rudimentary – with the exception of add-on technology, for example Flash. The movements were fundamental and often oriented in a cartoonish direction. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just doesn’t fit perfectly into every project.
To prove it, we’ve found beautiful snippets of code that bring an element of realism to online animation. They range from complete recreation to examples that use only hints of real effects. Have!
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toggle switch It has become a staple part of web design, but this snippet takes things to a new level. By adding a realistic surface and a vibrating backlight, this clean CSS animation seems to be part of the machine. Clicking the switch also produces a satisfactory on / off effect.
Something to the sea
Here is a unique example parallax scrolling. A large bird’s eye view of the city is itself an eye-catcher. But move the cursor, and the perspective changes as if you were standing on top of a building as you look down at the world. It’s subtle, but so-cool.
Mother Exploring the Earth
This step takes things even deeper into the stratosphere and provides an interactive view of the Earth Three.js. A planet left to itself rotates slowly as the star field moves in the background. But there is more! Click and drag the screen to change the position of the planet to your liking. Tip: The moon is hidden somewhere.
Nintendo Switch demo
This animation of gaming devices uses a different and perhaps more classic approach. The neumorphic Nintendo Switch acts as a repository for popular game video Crossing animals: new horizons. Put it all together, and it looks like the game is being played right in front of you.
The beauty of this snippet lies in its subtlety. The heroic area uses the eye-catching photographic background of the volcano. Slow-moving chimneys (provided by CSS) provide the perfect highlight. It shows that small details can change the world.
Rays of light
Driving through the mountains can be inspiring. This animation brings some of the experience to the screen. The lighting effects really work. As the sun rises and sets, check for intensity, shadows and movement. You can almost feel the heat!
Just look at this
Those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s remember these digital watches. It felt like every child had one. This snippet not only creates the look of a classic Casio, but also an interactive one. Click the “Light” button in the upper left corner to get a night view of the screen. Ah, memories.
Imagining a new level of reality
The examples above are a fun reminder of what is possible when combining great tools with creativity. As languages, frameworks, and hardware evolve, realistic animation effects become more achievable.
Think about it: in the early 2000s, a similar realism would have required fairly solid software for both developers and users. Now it can be built and viewed without major investment or buggy browser extensions.
We hope these snippets inspire you to smooth out your web animation projects. Want to see even more? Look at us CodePen Collection more ideas.